Posted by: livingscripture | May 9, 2012

Fifth Wednesday of Easter

From the Word of the Day

“By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”

                                                      (John 15: 1-8)                                                                                                                                                                  


How should we live this Word

What is a disciple?  A disciple is one who follows another, deemed a teacher, a leader.  How privileged we are that by becoming Jesus’ disciples, we glorify the Father and bear much fruit.  When we consider that this is God asking us to collaborate with His Son, who is God as well, we marvel that vessels of clay should be raised to such dignity.  It is no small thing to be the Lord’s disciple, to cooperate with Him for the salvation of the world, to be His close friends, to be ‘His own’.

Again today, the reading speaks of ‘remaining’ in Jesus using the incisive metaphor of the vine and the branches.  The vine, Jesus, sustains the branches, us.  His ‘lymph’ flows through our being, giving us life and fecundity.  We need only remain ‘attached’, strongly attached.  If not, we wither and die.

This aptly describes our life in Christ, how it is maintained and how it dies.  To allow His lymph entrance, we must approach the sacrament of His Body and Blood, the true nourishment of our soul, invigorating it, providing its strength and vitality.   Living our day in a continuous prayerful rapport with Our Lord as we go about our daily tasks and routines, grafts us more and more onto the Vine. This in turn, informs all we do with a supernatural quality, transforming every thought, word, and action into collaboration with God’s plan of love for all humankind.  Sufferings and trials take on new meaning as they too become redemptive in our union with Jesus.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ponder what it means to be Jesus’ disciple in my everyday life and I will ask Jesus to help me to remain in Him.

Jesus, You are the Vine and I am a little branch, perhaps insignificant.  But I too want to glorify the Father and bear much fruit.  Grant me Your life-giving lymph at each moment so that I may remain firmly attached to You. 

The voice of Venerable Concepcion Cabrera de Armida, Holy Laywoman

Come so that I introduce you to my Father, the Vine Grower, and tell Him that you are mine, that my juice gives you life and that you only want to grow and develop in His hands.  Come to be planted in the fruitful soil of my Eucharist.

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